La vida local

Zoe Saldana talks, Cindy Crawford wows


Half Dominican, half Puerto Rican, all beautiful and talented, Zoe Saldana first popped into public consciousness playing an aspiring dancer in the 2000 film Center Stage. Since then, the 35-year-old, who was born in New Jersey and raised in the Dominican Republic and Queens, has been featured in a variety of projects: She’s been an action figure in The Losers and Colombiana; Lt. Uhura in the new iteration of the Star Trek series; and the daughter of an extraterrestrial chieftain in the mega-blockbuster Avatar.

In Out of the Furnace, opening Friday, Saldana plays Lena, ex-girlfriend of Christian Bale’s Russell, a Pennsylvania steelworker seeking his missing brother.

But first things first: The actress, who recently married Italian artist Marco Perego, is also the December cover of Ocean Drive magazine, which asked her about a wide range of topics, including what local places she favors.

Puerto Sagua is a never-miss when she comes to town (she’ll be here Friday night to host Niche Media’s annual Art of the Party at a private residence in Miami Beach).

A plate of ropa vieja with white rice is the ticket.

“I’m a Caribbean girl. Cubans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans are not even distant cousins, we’re first cousins, so the food is very similar, and I love Cuban food,” she tells the monthly magazine. “This place is authentic: it’s been there forever.”

Next up for Saldana: Playing unforgettable jazz singer/songwriter Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic.

“It’s one of the scariest projects I’ve ever been involved with,” Saldana admitted to OD. “It was about an iconic figure, and there were so many [politics] around it from the beginning, but I really wanted it to be a love song to Nina Simone and I wanted it to just come from a place of absolute love.”

Nothing fancy

Christian Slater is trying out the old marriage thing again. The actor’s rep confirmed to People that the True Romance star and former MOCA marketing pro Brittany Lopez wed in a quickie ceremony Monday at the Coral Gables District Court. A court clerk snapped a photo of the lovebirds, who met at Little Palm Island. Slater has two kids from his marriage to journalist Ryan Haddon.

Is Lopez preggers? Time always tells.

Thing of beauty

Supermodel Cindy Crawford kicked off the festivities in a big way at Art Miami’s CC (get it?) Lounge Tuesday night in Midtown, schmoozing with “anonymous” graffiti artist Herr Nilsson. The Swede is known for his images of Disney characters in violent situations.

Onlookers said Crawford, who arrived with husband Rande Gerber and was swarmed by admirers, seemed to enjoy Nilsson’s not-so-innocent street art, i.e. Winnie the Pooh with a machine gun.

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  • Celebrity birthdays on Aug 2

    Director Wes Craven is 75. Singer Kathy Lennon of The Lennon Sisters is 71. Actress Joanna Cassidy is 69. Actress Kathryn Harrold is 64. Actor Butch Patrick (“The Munsters”) is 61. Actress Victoria Jackson is 55. Actress Apollonia is 55. Actress Mary-Louise Parker is 50. Director Kevin Smith is 44. Actor Sam Worthington is 38. Actor Edward Furlong is 37. Actress Hallie Eisenberg is 22.

  • Scene in the Tropics

    Sean Connery loves soccer (and Caffe Abbracci)

    Sean Connery had dinner Monday night with a group of friends at Caffe Abbracci. Connery greeted and shook hands with fans as he entered the room and was overheard chatting with restaurant owner Nino Pernetti about the World Cup, saying he regrets that his native country Scotland did not qualify and that England was eliminated in the first round. He did concede that Germany was the rightful winner. Connery also told Pernetti that what he enjoys most in life after making movies is ... soccer. The ex 007 left the restaurant, saying “Cheerio,” to the owner and his starstruck guests.

  • As seen on TV

    Starz' ‘Outlander' brings novels to life

    Prepare to bend your mind. Premiering on the Starz network on Saturday at 9 p.m., Outlander is adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular novels. Claire, a lovely British Army nurse on a second honeymoon in Scotland, is mysteriously swept from 1945 back to 1743, plopped into a strange and alien existence, including marriage to a dashing Scottish warrior, even as she struggles to return to “modern” times and the husband she left behind.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category